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After seeing the first photo of Daniel Day-Lewis perpetually in character as Abraham Lincoln, even the originally selected star Liam Neeson was probably like, "Damn, son!"
His Lincoln-osity levels are off the charts while snapped candidly eating dinner in Richmond, Virginia, by a local PR and Government Affairs worker named Michael Phillips, who Tweeted the pic. Also note the historically precise turtleneck, blue jeans, and sneakers, which our 16th president was known to wear during casual evenings driving around town in his Lexus.
This comes courtesy of Movieline, who also report that even though Steven Spielberg's shooting only recently kicked off in Virginia, Day-Lewis has been using his Lincoln accent since March. Method much?
Those expecting that deep basso Daniel Plainview sound from the actor may be in for a shock, since Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer contends that all historical evidence points to the Gettysburg Address speaker having a shriller, higher voice infused with an Indiana/Kentucky timbre.
Whatever he'll sound like, the two-time Oscar-winner will no doubt deliver the goods alongside Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, and the recently added Jared Harris ("Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows") as Ulysses S. Grant. The Disney release will land in the Fall of next year.